Thankful for My Health Even Though it’s Not Perfect

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Thankful for My Health

Even Though it’s Not Perfect

 

Debbie Reynolds is sponsoring a Thanks Giving challenge over 12 days, November 12th through Thanksgiving Day November 23rd, for us to share what we are thankful for! And there are bonus points for each of the 12 posts, whether you do 1 or all 12 (1 per day max gets bonus points)! No doubt we all have many things we are thankful for, so let’s share them. They will be fun and inspiring for us to read!

 

Me and my bike in CarlsbadOne of the things that’s easy to be thankful for is my health, even though at this stage of my life it is far from perfect. I have a fair amount of energy, work and play for hours without much trouble, and while I like my sleep when needed I can stay up late and get up early.

 

My cholesterol level has been normal until the last couple of years when it has bounced around a bit – my Mom has high cholesterol so no doubt that has an impact since I eat a pretty healthy diet other than my sweet tooth. But at the moment it’s in the normal range and I will manage via exercise and diet…not meds!!

 

I have had neck and back issues for decades as the result of curves in my spine and neck, and there are periods of pain, sometimes significant. I’ve been seeing chiropractors for years, which helps keep things loose and as adjusted as they can get. I don’t let it curtail my life activities and try to ignore it as best I can when things act up. And I don’t take pain meds unless it’s essential and then only Ibuprofen.

 

It’s been 3 years since my fall on the stairs right before Christmas 2014 and I have been able to avoid surgery for the various tears in my shoulder. Of course it’s the right one - my favored arm! I try to be careful about lifting, but with grandkids I am not as good about that as I should be, but it’s worth a little discomfort!! I expect at some point the pain will worsen and the ortho surgeon will say it’s time to go under the knife!

 

The thyroid levels are now normal, with daily meds, since surgery in early 2015 and no noticeable side effects. Yay!

 

I know a fair number of people who have significant health issues, and have lost a number of friends and family members to cancer and other illnesses in the last several years, so I am pretty darn thankful for the cards I’ve been dealt, so far.

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Lisa Von Domek
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Wonderful post Jeff Dowler and a great entry for Debbie's fun contest!

Nov 13, 2017 04:58 PM #1
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William Feela
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If we look around there are plenty of people worse off than ourselves

Nov 13, 2017 05:05 PM #2
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I too have lost several friends this year Jeff Dowler  we need to be thankful for our health

Nov 13, 2017 05:29 PM #3
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Dorie Dillard
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Good evening Jeff Dowler ,

Our health is definitely something to be grateful for. Thank you for sharing and a great entry into Debbie Reynolds challenge!

Nov 13, 2017 06:45 PM #4
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Jeff yes I am glad for being above ground every day, now with this post I must agree yes our health is important and we should be grateful for it... so my question to you was it the bicycle that caused the injury? if the answer is yes all I can say is good thing I got rid of the cause of your problem... it has been over 17 years when I tossed the bike in the donation bin:))Endre

Nov 13, 2017 11:30 PM #5
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Good morning Jeff.

I went from 13 pills in the morning to 7 for the whole day after my gastric bypass surgery.  If I miss my pills for just one day I know it.  You're lucky sir

Nov 14, 2017 03:10 AM #6
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Jeff-As the saying goes if you don't have your health you don't have anything. I can relate to the back, neck and shoulder issues.

Nov 14, 2017 04:11 AM #7
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Jeff - our health is very important.  At this age I don't think any of us are perfect but it is good to keep everything under control.  My wife had a nasty fall on her arm and tore her rotator cup several years ago.  We all have to be careful.

Nov 14, 2017 07:58 AM #8
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Jeff, sounds like you have taken life's bruises and bumps and managed to overcome them with a great attitude that is also realistic.

Nov 14, 2017 02:09 PM #9
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Jeff- when we're young we think we're invincible but we soon learn otherwise. When Larry first saw his Orthopedic surgeon, he said when it gets so bad you can't stand it, then you'll know it's time for surgery. He had his torn rotator cuff done last year!

Nov 14, 2017 06:26 PM #10
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Thanks Lisa Von Domek  - I really AM thankful for my health, despite the issues. It could be SO much worse, and is for many I know, including some family members.

Nov 14, 2017 07:13 PM #11
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Definitely William Feela  and we need to keep that perspective in mind!

Every day Hannah Williams every day!

Jeff

Nov 14, 2017 07:15 PM #12
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And thank YOU for stopping by Dorie Dillard 

Hi Endre Barath, Jr.  - nope, no issues with my bike and falls, just a tumble down the carpeted stairs and grabbing the railing as I went, which did NOT stop me and only ripped a bunch of stuff in my shoulder and biceps. Could have been worse!

Jeff

Nov 14, 2017 07:17 PM #13
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James Dray well, I certainly have nothing to complain about pill wise!! HOpe what you have to take is helping!

Sharon Lee  I suspect there are many who have similar issues.  Annoying, yes, but it could be far worse and life goes on pretty well.

Jeff

Nov 14, 2017 07:19 PM #14
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Hi Grant Schneider  So very true! Sorry to hear about your wife! I can't even count the number of people I know who have had rotator cuff issues of one sort or another, including my wife!

Jeff

Nov 14, 2017 07:21 PM #15
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I conider myself pretty fortunate overall Joe Pryor There are far toon many people I know and know of who are far worse off. I'm very thankful.

Jeff

Nov 14, 2017 07:23 PM #16
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Hi Kathy Streib

I hope Larry has recovered well. What he was told is pretty much what my Orthopedic surgeon told me. The lifestyle and pain will signal me, but until then I am holding out. And I'm a bit stubborn about this sort of thing...unless y wife gets tired of me crabbing about it and I can no longer lift those grandkids!!

Jeff

Nov 14, 2017 07:24 PM #17
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That's the spirit Jeff Dowler 

And, no colds or flu before Sell-A-Bration in February!

Nov 14, 2017 07:27 PM #18
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Out health is to be taken seriously. Once we do the damage, there is a price to pay.

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